Are you a good listener? I must confess I’m not always a good listener. Listening well frequently requires skills that must be learned. You will have some listening skills that come naturally to you, and some that need to be acquired. I am an introvert processor and my husband is extrovert processor. That means we listen differently.
I need to write down how I feel about what is said, I need time to process the information. Doc processes out loud – stating the entire problem and all the options that may be available to make a decision.
When my husband and I have a conversation, I find myself hearing only one part of the conversation and stopping to process (probably because I have tuned out the rest of the possibilities until he if finished processing) Then, I miss part of what he is saying. This causes me to return to him to hear the rest of the conversation. It makes him feel as if I have not been listening, when I have fully understood the part I was listening to.
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